You can keep your utility bills low by incorporating a handful of energy-saving measures year-round. Here are a few tips to get you started.
- Have your furnace inspected at least once a year. While you'll need to foot the bill for the furnace checkup, it will pay great dividends in the long run as the technician will be able to catch most problematic issues before they become catastrophic. Studies suggest that the money invested in regular preventative maintenance pays back in improved cost of operation, reduced cost of repair and extended life of the equipment.
- Weatherize around your doors and windows. In your Cleveland home, these are the areas most susceptible to heat loss. Take a look at the rest of the exterior walls at the same time, and determine if there are any other points which need to be air sealed. It does no good to work on furnace efficiency if the warm air escapes as soon as it gets to your living area.
- Install a programmable thermostat if you haven't done so already. These days, they're easy to find and are one of the most cost-effective energy-saving measures available. Be sure to program it correctly. When you're asleep or out of the house for eight hours or more, set the temperature back for maximum savings, and ramp it up just before you wake or return home. For every degree lower, you can see a one percent reduction on your energy bills.
- Make use of a humidifier to keep your home comfortable and warm at the same time. Air in the Cleveland winters gets quite dry, and your skin and sinuses will thank you. Plus, having more moisture in the air with the use of a humidifier will make it seem warmer, so you can get away with a lower thermostat setting.
This list is just the beginning of important actions that can make sense to reduce utility costs, improve home comfort and help to make sure that your family is safe in your home. If you want to get an overall handle on what to do and the order of priority, it is a good idea to have a home performance/energy audit performed for your home. This is a comprehensive evaluation of many aspects of your homes current condition and will give you a road map of priorities to act upon.
For more expert advice on energy-saving measures, or any other issues related to heating or home comfort, contact the professionals at P. K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling today. We've been proudly serving the greater Cleveland area for over 75 years.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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